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The After School Specials ~ Elementary Team

Avon-Maitland District School Board

Team Members

Trevor Hammer - Grade 8 teacher - Howick Central Public School - Gorrie, Ontario
Shannon Empson - Teacher of the Gifted and Teacher of the Deaf - Seaforth Public School - Seaforth, Ontario
Christopher Kevill - Grade 8 teacher - Elma Township Public School - Atwood, Ontario
Candy McEwan - Grade 8 teacher - Arthur Meighan Public School - St. Marys, Ontario
Heather Durnin - Grade 7/8 teacher - Turnberry Central Public School - Wingham, Ontario

Our group project is guided by the following question:

We want to know if " the use of 'Communities of Learning' have a measurable effect on self-directed professional development."

The project itself involves the creation of a ning we call Room21C which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Room 21C


Year One:
  • creation of a Ning as a portal for self-directed professional development
  • each founding member will recruit at least two colleagues to join the Room21C Ning
  • completion of a diagnostic survey to assess members attitudes towards the present form of professional development and comfort levels with web 2.0 tools
  • continued contribution to a bank of web 2.0 tool-based lessons/projects that Ning members may access
The French Teacher in PD

Link to our PD movie: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4933004/PLP%20Presentation%20b.m4v